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Long-term noise monitoring and urban planning - a case study

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This paper presents the practical application of long-term monitoring system. The authors not only installed and operated a city-wide long-term environmental noise monitoring system in Dubai, UAE but also applied the results for urban planning purposes. If not used properly, the output of a long-term noise monitoring system is limited to numeric values without leading to any conclusions. To avoid this common issue, the authors established their future goals long before installing the system. Locations of the stations, assessment methodology, parameters and indices have been defined, in this way the system is suitable to fulfil the set-out requirements needed to be an efficient tool for municipalities and local administrations. Urban planning needs are more easily identified with the application of a noise monitoring system, as presented here. The paper presents beside the installation of the system, the web-based application the authors developed. The application is used, beside presentation and data storage purposes to filter the massive amounts of data. Results are assessed with exactly defined noise indices suited for Dubai. Based on the noise indices defined for Dubai key performance indicators have been. Those KPI's support the noise reduction goals and the verification of the ongoing noise reduction strategy of the Emirate. The use of the simplified database delivered by the system of 10 stations will be mandatory for urban, land use planners and designers. Data is used as a common baseline input data for evaluating the necessary noise mitigation measures related to new and existing developments as well. This database also works to avoid future problems, as it clearly indicates where not to design further sensitive premises. Tools like the developed dynamic noise map associated with the system serve awareness raising purposes as the information is available to the public.
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Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Vibrocomp Kft., Hungary

Publication date: December 7, 2017

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